Carlsberg will take control of Staropramen in the UK from Anheuser-Busch InBev next month

Carlsberg will take control of Staropramen in the UK from Anheuser-Busch InBev next month

StarBev has switched control of its flagship Staropramen brand in the UK from Anheuser-Busch InBev to Carlsberg.

The company, which came about when private equity group CVC Capital acquired a slew of A-B InBev's Eastern European brewing assets in 2009, announced the change today (21 July). Carlsberg will take over the importation, marketing and distribution of the Czech lager brand from 14 August.

Alain Beyens, formerly of A-B InBev but now Starbev's CEO, said: “Our partnership with Carlsberg UK is a strategic one and is meant to add significantly to the international development of Staropramen. We look forward to working together with our UK partner to this end."

When contacted by just-drinks, a spokesperson for A-B InBev UK said the decision was “mutually agreed”.

“This decision gives us the opportunity to focus on our wholly-owned brands that include Stella Artois, Budweiser and Beck’s,” the spokesperson added. “We are proud to have distributed the Staropramen brand in the UK and wish StarBev the best of luck with their new distribution arrangement.”